Cascadia Poetry Festival – Cumberland 2019

On October 4th & 5th, 2019, the Cascadia Poetics LAB will present the Cascadia Poetry Festival-Cumberland  in partnership with the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS).  Our vision is to engage the public in a community-based literary arts festival, encouraging dialogue and collaboration between audience, writers, artists, and scientists to foster a deeper connection between all inhabitants and to Cascadia itself.

We are excited to be collaborating with the Cumberland Community Forest Society this year, co-hosting a Friday evening Poetry/Science Pub event – Nature’s Phoenix: Forest Fire Ecology and the Poetics of Climate Change. The evening features climate scientist Dominick DellaSala and poet Sonnet L’Abbé.

Saturday morning there will be a panel discussion, Poetry and Climate Catastrophe, where poets and scientists from diverse cultural backgrounds discuss how we creatively respond to the climate crisis, with ample opportunity for audience participation.

Saturday afternoon consists of three concurrent workshops followed by a free living-room-style open mic for the entire community to share poetry in a supportive environment.

Our Saturday night reading features Jan Zwicky, Matt Rader, Jordan Scott, and Jordan Abel.

This year we are also expanding our festival into the Cumberland Community School with an event featuring a presentation by climate scientist Dominick DellaSalla followed by a poetry workshop by Sonnet L’Abbé, using poetry as a way to help navigate and respond to climate catastrophe

All events other than workshops take place at the Cumberland Masonic Hall,  2687 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland BC. All paid events range from $10 – $25. Tickets on sale now!

We respectfully acknowledge that this festival will take place on the unceded territory of the K’ómoks people.







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